Jordan Mechner's remake of his 1984 martial-arts classic, Karateka, is now available in the iOS App Store. Karateka is available as a universal app for $2.99 for the iPhone 4S/5, iPad 2/3/4, and iPad mini. Here's more info on this new iOS game:
Featuring innovative rhythm-based gameplay and a new one-touch interface designed for mobile touchscreens, the new Karateka brings the visual and sonic beauty of the console versions (available on PSN, XBLA, and Steam) to iOS, with graphics by Jeff Matsuda (The Batman) and music by Grammy-winning composer Christopher Tin (Civilization IV).
Created on an Apple II by Jordan Mechner in his Yale dorm room, Karateka's groundbreaking rotoscoped animation and cinematic cutscenes influenced a generation of gamers, and paved the way for his next game, Prince of Persia. Today's iOS release has special meaning for Jordan, as it brings Karateka full circle from the Apple II version that launched his career as a game designer, to modern Apple devices 28 years later.
Rhythm-based combat mechanic. Easy to grasp yet challenging to master, the cinematic gameplay seamlessly blends a series of escalating karate battles with a simple human story.
Three playable characters. Three endings. Three suitors vie for Mariko's love: A fearsome Brute, a noble Monk, and her brave True Love. Rescuing Mariko as the Brute is within the grasp of beginning players, but the most satisfying and romantic ending can only be unlocked by winning as the True Love.
Highly replayable. Innovative "three suitors" system offers a compact 40-minute single-playthrough experience every time - yet challenges advanced players to keep trying again, unlocking more difficult achievements and endings as their skill improves.
Unique real-time score by Christopher Tin tells the story of each fight through the music, "Peter and the Wolf" style. Authentic Japanese instruments and leitmotiv themes associated with each character let you "hear" the onscreen action in real time.